Mark Ravenhill is RSC Writer in Residence in January 2012

30 November 2011

Acclaimed playwright Mark Ravenhill, best known for his controversial plays such as Shopping and Fucking and Mother Clap's Molly House, is to join the RSC in January 2012 on a twelve month contract as the Company's Writer in Residence.

The residency has been made possible by a grant from the Columbia Foundation.

RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd said, 'Mark is deservedly one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary playwrights, who will bring a great questioning spirit and a fresh theatrical intelligence to the company. I can't wait to work with him and see his two commissioned works that we have planned as part of his time with the RSC.'

RSC Company Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare added, 'Mark will be with the company at the perfect moment. He will be embedded with us throughout the year of the World Shakespeare Festival, writing a new play alongside the acting ensemble and placing the voice of a playwright at the heart of the company.'

In the last year as part of the RSC 50th birthday season, Mark has already been building relationships within the company, working with an ensemble of actors to curate a weekend of his favourite plays from the RSC back catalogue in rehearsed readings of Poppy by Peter Nichols and Fashion by Doug Lucie. He also hosted a public event discussing and exploring the RSC's history of presenting new work.

Mark said of his new role; 'I will be living in Stratford for much of the year and really hope to become part of the company. I'm also looking forward to working with the RSC ensemble.

'Working on Shakespeare encourages actors to tell epic stories and to embrace a muscularity in their approach to language. This is a fantastic resource for a living writer to work with. It is exciting and daunting to have the opportunity to write an epic play, which the RSC is uniquely positioned to allow me to do.'

The RSC winter season will be announced in January 2012

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Notes to Editors:

The RSC Writer in Residence programme is generously supported by the Columbia Foundation Fund of The Capital Community.

The Columbia Foundation Fund is a donor-advised fund of The Capital Community Foundation, from the Columbia Foundation of San Francisco.

The Capital Community Foundation (CCF) is an independent charity focused on social action in London. Our aim is to make it easier for Londoners to bring about positive social change. We do this by encouraging philanthropy and supporting community-based action. Over the past 15 years we have invested over £32 million on behalf of our donors.

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The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

Mark Ravenhill Biography

Mark Ravenhill is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His more recent works include Mother Clap's Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); Citizenship (National Theatre, 2006); pool (no water) (Lyric Hammersmith, 2006); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Edinburgh Festival, 2007); Over There (Royal Court / Schaubühne, Berlin, 2009); A Life in Three Acts co-written and performed with Bette Bourne (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh / Konninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague / Soho Theatre, London, 2009 and St Ann's Warehouse, New York, 2010); Nationadapt. from the Terry Pratchett novel (National Theatre, 2009); Ten Plagues, a liberetto for a new opera by Conor Mitchell (Royal Court, 2010 / Traverse Theatre 2011); Ghost Story (Playhouse: Live, Sky Arts, Riverside Studios 2010); The Coronation of Poppea a liberetto co-written with Alex Silverman (OperaUpClose, Kings Head Theatre, 2011). Mark is currently under commission to the RSC and Hampstead Theatre and is writing a new libretto for the Norwegian National Opera. His plays are performed all over the world.

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